I love you all, but…please..please..do not use words that could imply impending doom when naming your projects. Could it be that I was jinxed from the start?
A Faithful Knitteress
I’m all in favor of living the life of strong and exciting women though our knitting. As strange as that sounds, I’m knitting a Boleyn Shawl right now, so obviously I’m on a theme here with female protagonists. But when I started Calamity Jane, I thought my struggle would be the lacy-ness of it. I was surprised when I found the lace challenging and fun (“fun” is not usually the word that follows “challenging” with my lace attempts) and was convinced I would make it through–especially with the great lace pointers I got through twitter and the blog post below.
As I was knitting, I was innocently thinking that I had SO much yarn..I might make it bigger. The yarn was my own handspun and dyed superwash BFL..4 oz, and everything was going swimmingly.
Until I started the bottom border. Which I lOvEd. Great pattern and wonderful way to finish an awesome design. Until..about…1/3..of the way through and my remaining yarn supply was dwindling fast. So fast it was almost evaporating.
I took this picture, but I couldn’t even blog about it, I was so distressed. There was NO way I was going to finish with the yarn I had left. I ordered more BFL and tried to dye it, but..yep..I’d used the last of the dye already and could not find that color again. I toyed with doing the border a slightly different (but intentional) hue. I procrastinated. I put words between “calamity” and “Jane” that would best not be repeated. I stared at it and thought it might suddenly seem possible to finish. I started Boleyn. I wove two scarves. I cleaned my bathroom. Nothing changed.
So, last night, I frogged the border and finished it with a plain jane garter stitch trim. Will anyone ever notice? No. Is it still pretty? Yep. But I hereby resolve not to download another pattern that makes my instincts go on edge by the name.